Queensland star The Harrovian will change paths towards the All-Star Mile with trainer Toby Edmonds confirming he would not run in Saturday’s Group 1 Futurity Stakes.
Instead the seven-year-old, who has won 15 of his past 17 race starts, would be saved to contest the Group 3 Shaftesbury Avenue at Flemington on Australian Guineas Day next week.
The Futurity shapes as one of the highlight races of the autumn, with a number of stars including Behemoth, Ole Kirk, Arcadia Queen, Crosshaven and Mr Quickie all heading that way.
“We just thought instead of taking Arcadia Queen and all those horses on first-up, and it (running at Flemington) is going to be a bit easier than running into those types on Saturday,” Edmonds said.
Edmonds said the horse had settled in well to his surrounds at Caulfield, and remained hopeful jockey Brad Stewart would be able to travel to Victoria to ride him on February 27.
“We are just going to tread water until the end of this lockdown and see what the picture looks like going forward,” Edmonds said.
“(Running at Flemington instead of Caulfield) gives us a bit more time and hopefully getting towards the All-Star Mile everything will be well contained and back to normal.”
The Harrovian is a $26 chance for the All-Star Mile.